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Things to do in Kingswear

Kingswear is picture postcard perfect, a charming village with row upon row of pretty painted cottages clinging to the hillside on the banks of the River Dart. The views across to Dartmouth and out towards the mouth of the river are pretty good too. But this buzzing village is far from sleepy; there’s a vibrant sailing community, regular annual regattas and a couple of great little pubs and a cafe. Throw into the mix nearby magnificent historical houses, a wildlife conservation park and some of the best beaches on the doorstep – we think you’re onto a winner.

Crabbing in Kingswear

Crabbing in Kingswear If you’re planning a holiday in one of our Finest Stays properties and you’re familiar with our website, you’ll already know that crabbing is big business here in South Devon. Not only by the crab fishermen who head out to sea with their crabbing pots but also by visitors (and locals) who…

Kingswear Shops

Kingswear Shops Sitting across the river from Dartmouth, Kingswear is a charming village with sailing (rather than shopping) at its heart. There is, however, a local village store that is licensed and very well stocked for your day-to-day essentials. But for those of you in need of a little retail therapy, hop on the ferry…

Kingswear Travel

How to get to Kingswear Kingswear is beautiful… you couldn’t get any closer to the water if you tried. This quintessential coastal village is a thriving hotspot and a hive of activity during the summer months but it’s really quite accessible with excellent rail and road transport links taking you to the very heart of…

Kingswear Sailing

Sailing in Kingswear You can’t stay in Kingswear and not get out on the water in some shape or form. Whether it’s a quick hop on the ferry across the river to Dartmouth, a fishing trip or aboard a luxury yacht… the water beckons. Kingswear and Dartmouth have always been recognised as well-renowned sailing destinations…

Kingswear Beaches

Kingswear Beaches The beaches near Kingswear are perfect for building sandcastles with the kids or taking the plunge for a spot of wild swimming. Kayaking and paddleboarding are both available at  Blackpool Sands, a lifeguarded beach where the kit is available to hire. Try rock pooling at Beesands followed by lunch at The Cricket Inn,…

Kingswear Culture, Festivals and History

Kingswear Culture, Festivals and History Not only is Kingswear in a great location for messing about on the river, but it also ticks all the boxes if you’re looking for a little culture and great dining. Just across the river, literally a 5-minute ferry trip and you’re in historical Dartmouth; famous for its music festivals,…

Kingswear Walking

Kingswear Walks Stunning scenery, easily accessible tracks and trails and an enviable microclimate are the ingredients which make Kingswear a great base for a self-catering holiday. Throw into the mix some of the best beaches and the freshest seafood and you’re on to a winner! So while you’re staying in Kingswear why not get out…

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Get on the water…

Kingswear is the perfect village for watersport lovers. Located at the mouth of the estuary, there is plenty of space on the water for all. From sailing boats to canoes and paddleboards, the harbour is always buzzing with activity. 

If you can’t get enough of the water, take a trip to one of the beaches nearby. Some of South Devon’s best beaches, such as Blackpool Sands and Thurlestone Sands, are within easy reach when you are staying at one of our Kingswear holiday cottages. 

Stroll along the coast path

Beautiful coastal trails wrap around the village and are perfect for those who are after a more active holiday. Either take the Dart Valley Trail and follow the river inland to Greenway and Stoke Gabriel or opt for a more breezy route across the headland on the South West Coastal Path over to Brixham. Stop at Berry Head and see if you can spot Mew Stone just out to sea.

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Discover the local area

South Devon is an area of the country that is rich in history and there are plenty of National Trust properties to prove it! Just up the river from Kingswear, you will find Greenway, the former home of crime writer Agatha Christie. The estate even features in some of her books. You can reach Greenway on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, or by walking part of the Dart Valley Trail. Coleton Fishacre is another National Trust property just a short drive or walk from Kingswear. The property’s spectacular gardens bloom all year round.

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